Newsletters - Jan 2010

January 27, 2010

 

Next Date of Hearing - February 15, 2010

Today Sajjan Kumar’s case, as well as the connected revisions filed by victims were listed for directions in Delhi High Court before the Division Bench of Pradeep Nandrajog and Suresh Kanth. It was adjourned on the request of the advocate for the accused persons as he told the court that he was yet to receive the paper book from the Registry which was opposed by our attorneys. The matter was adjourned to February 15, 2010 for hearing.

Senior Advocate KK Sood, Senior Advocate HS Phoolka and advocate Kamna Vohra appeared for the victims along with Additional Solicitor General Amarjit Singh Chandiok for CBI. Once the hearing starts, the hearing will be held on day to day basis.

Public Interest Litigation seeking appointment of a monitoring committee for all pending trial cases was listed before Chief Justice Delhi High Court. The court declined to appoint the same but agreed to appoint Special Public Prosecutor to conduct the pending trials and also agreed to expedite the trials. The matter has been adjourned for February 3, 2010. Notice has been issued to CBI and also State for the next date of hearing.

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January 27, 2010

Notice to expedite the trial of pending cases of November 1984 Sikh massacre issued by Delhi High Court to CBI

The Delhi High Court issued notices to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Delhi Government for the appointment of Special Public Prosecutors to expedite the trial of November 1984 Sikh massacre cases pending before the trial courts. These pending cases include the cases against former MPs Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler.

Bench comprising Chief Justice A P Shah and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw ordered CBI and the Delhi Government to file status report by February 3, 2010.

Newspaper Coverage:

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January 25, 2010

 November 1984 Sikh Massacre Justice Commitee

In furtherance of the November 1984 "Insaaf lehar", Victims, survivors and other conscientious individuals gathered and formed "November 1984 Sikh Massacre Justice Committee" with the objective to get killings of Sikhs recognized as Genocide; get the proper and just compensation for victims, survivors and families from the Government of India; get a comprehensive resettlement package for the Sikhs families who were uprooted as a result of November 1984 massacre; help the victims, survivors and their families who have been denied Red Card in getting the Red Card; demand allocation of separate and exclusive quota for survivors and victims of November 1984 in admission to educational institutions and government job; and to purse the legal battle in seeking justice for November 1984 Sikhs massacre

The Justice committee will make sure that the government does not fail to keep its obligations towards the victims. The Justice Committee will ensure that all victims and survivors are adequately rehabilitated. The Committee will also steer and provide relief to the victims from other sources within and ouside the community. The Committee will bring forward witnesses and survivors, collect affidavits, record statements and document the massacre through out the country.

The Justice Committee comprises of 11 members: Rajinder Singh Sanga Moga, Surjit Singh Tarantaaran, Kashmir Kaur Mohali, Harjinder Singh Fatehgarh Sahib, Amarjit Singh Bathinda, Sukhdev Singh Jagrao, Bikar Singh Faridkot, Karnail Singh Kapurthala, Ajit Singh Amritsar, and Gurdeep Singh Ferozpur.

Addressing a large gathering of victims, survivors and other individuals Senior Advocate and Legal Advisor, HS Phoolka stated that although there is delay in justice, we should not loose hope and continue our struggle for justice and same will be achieved one day. Advocate Navkiran Singh called upon the witnesses not to be afraid and come forward and testify against the guilty. Mr. Kundan Singh stated that it is now well established that Sikh massacre of November 1984 was not Anti Sikh Riots but a planned and organised genocide of Sikhs and the massacre was not limited to Delhi but was spread through out the country in 18 states and more than 110 cities.

Speaking on the occasion Karnail Singh Peermohammad, President All India Sikh Student Federation stated that AISSF and Sikhs for Justice will follow the court cases and continue to pursue the legal battle as they have done in the past. He apprise the gathering of the cases against Sajjan Kumar coming up for hearing on February 1, 2010 and February 23, 2010 at Delhi Hight Court and against Jagdish Tytler on February 10, 2010. Sikhs for Justice which is spearheading the justice campaign has formed a legal team to assist November 1984 Sikh Massacre victims, survivors and witnesses and to prosecute the perpetrators.

The team consists of: Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, Attorney at Law; Harvinder Singh Phoolka Senior Advocate, Navkiran Singh, Advocate; Kamna Vohra Advocate; Varinda Grover Advocate; Rebecca Jones Advocate, Hardyajot Singh Ahluwalia Advocate; and Professor N.S. Bawa.

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Newsletter : Jan 19th, 2010

CBI pulled up by Delhi Court for failing to issue notice to the complainant before filing the closure report against Congress Leader Sajjan Kumar

CBI filed Closure Report citing insufficient evidence against Sajjan Kumar in a case under Mongolpuri police station for the killing of Dr. Iqbal Singh during the November 1984 massacre of Sikhs. However, the CBI failed to issue notice to the complainant Harvinder Kaur wife of Dr. Iqbal Singh before filing the closure report as required by law.

The court has now issued notice to Harvinder Kaur for February 23, 2010.

CBI has filed two chargesheets against Sajjan Kumar and 11 others coming for hearing on February 1, 2010.

Due to continued efforts of Sikhs for Justice and All India Sikh Student Federation President Karnail Singh Peermohammad, more witnesses are coming forward to testify against the gulity. Witnesses would be produced against Jagdish Tytler, Kamal Nath, Amitabh Bachan, Bhajan Lal, Arjun Singh, Arun Nehru, Vasant Sathe and 71 police officers involved in the November 1984 massacre of Sikhs.

Newspaper Coverage:

http://epaper.hindustantimes.com/Default.aspx? 5568327A344C4D316C706B74367967486A5A7462776C634A414D4341715A704553587164786B39667163773D

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/568676/ 

http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/court-raps-cbi- in-antisikh-riots-case/568962/ http://news.outlookindia.com/item.aspx?673052

http://www.zeenews.com/news596872.html http://www.littleabout.com/news/59204,complainant- 1984-riots-asked-pursue-case.html 

http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/uncategorized/cbi- pulled-up-for-closing-case-without-petitioners-nod-lead_100305826.html 

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_court-pulls- cbi-for-not-issuing- notice-in-sajjan-kumar-case_1336211

http://in.news.yahoo.com/32/20100119/1053/tnl-closure- report-in-84-case-court-pull.html

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Newsletter: January 13th, 2010

SAJJAN KUMAR CHARGESHEETED FOR KILLING OF SIKHS DURING NOVEMBER 1984 MASSACRE OF SIKHS

CBI today filed two chargesheets against senior Congress leader and former Member Parliament Sajjan Kumar for his role in the November 1984 massacre of Sikhs. The chargesheet pertains to killing of seven Sikhs in Sultanpuri, North-West Delhi and kiling of five Sikhs in Delhi Cantonment in November 1984.

HS Phoolka, Senior Advocate, Delhi High Court and Attorney Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, Legal Advisor, Sikhs for Justice stated that more than ten witnesses were brought forward against Sajjan Kumar whose statements were recorded by the CBI. Sajjan Kumar has been charged for Murder (Sec 302); Criminal Conspiracy (Sec 120-B) and for spreading enmity between communities (Sec 153-A).

Along with Sajjan Kumar CBI has charge sheeted Ved Prakash Pial, Peru, Khushal Singh and Brahma Nand Gupta for the killings in Sultanpuri and Balwan Khokhar, Mahender Yadav, Maha Singh, Capt Bhagmal, Santosh Rani, Girdhari Lal and Krishna Khokhar for the Delhi Cantonment killings.

Attorney Gurpatwant Singh Pannun stated that due to continued efforts of Sikhs for Justice and All India Sikh Student Federation President Karnail Singh Peermohammad, more witnesses are coming forward to testify against the gulity. He stated that the Sikhs for Justice have credible evidence and will fight against the closure report filed by CBI in the case registered in Mongolpuri police station. He also stated that witnesses would be produced against Jagdish Tytler, Kamal Nath, Amitabh Bachan, Bhajan Lal, Arjun Singh, Arun Nehru, Vasant Sathe and 71 police officers involved in the November 1984 massacre of Sikhs.

Next date of Hearing: January 18th, 2010

Newspaper Coverage:

· http://www.timesnow.tv/CBI-files-2-chargesheets-against-Sajjan-Kumar/art...

· http://www.zeenews.com/printstory.aspx?id=595483

· http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/CBI-chargesheets-Sajjan-Kumar-i...

· http://www.ptinews.com/news/466222_-84-riots--CBI-chargesheets-Sajjan-Ku...

· http://indiatoday.intoday.in/site/StoryPrint?sId=79032&secid=114&page=nu...

· http://www.ndtv.com/news/india/cbi_files_2_chargesheets_against_sajjan_k...

· http://in.news.yahoo.com/139/20100113/808/tnl-cbi-files-chargesheet-agai...

· http://beta.thehindu.com/news/national/article80018.ece?css=print

· http://ibnlive.in.com/printpage.php?id=108652§ion_id=3

· http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/84-riots-cbi-chargesheets-sajjan...

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Newsletter: January 6th, 2010

Sajjan Kumar’s plea of not hearing the contention of victim’s family is turned down by Delhi High Court

Sajjan Kumar’s Advocate I.U.Khan: There is no need to hear the victim’s side after the State has filed the appeal against the order of the trial court as the State is the only custodian of law and it would create confusion if they are allowed to argue in the case

The Bench: There is nothing wrong in allowing the complainants to argue in the case. Let them argue. We would not be confused.

(Bench - Justices Pradeep Nandrajog and Suresh Kait)

Next date of hearing: January 16, 2010.

Newspaper Coverage:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/Print/494596.aspx

http://beta.thehindu.com/news/national/article76643.ece?css=print

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/empowered-by-amended-crpc-84-riot-vict...

http://rozanaspokesman.com/fullpage.aspx?view=main&yview=2010&mview=Jan&...

http://news.outlookindia.com/printitem.aspx?672258

http://news.rediff.com/report/2010/jan/06/riots-case-hc-turns-down-sajja...

•http://twocircles.net/2010jan06/1984_riots_victims_plea_should_not_be_heard_sajjan_kumar.html

 

Criminal Appeals, Delhi High Court

1. Cr. Appeal No. 152/96 Shambir & Ors. Vs. State - 15 accused

2. Cr. Appeal No. 154/96 Ram Ji Lal Vs. State - 1 accused

3. Cr. Appeal No. 155/96 Ram Wali Vs. State - 1 accused

4. Cr. Appeal No. 156/96 Shiv Lakhan Vs. State - 1accused

5. Cr. Appeal No. 157/96 Jokhu Vs. State - 1accused

6. Cr. Appeal No. 158/96 Uday Pal Singh Vs. State - 1 accused

7. Cr. Appeal No. 159/96 Ram Nath Vs. State - 1 accused

8. Cr. Appeal No. 160/96 Jeet Singh & Ors. Vs. State - 25 accused

9. Cr. Appeal No. 162/96 Ram Naresh & Ors. Vs. State - 4 accused

10. Cr. Appeal No. 163/96 Govind Ram & Ors. Vs. State - 10 accused

11. Cr. Appeal No. 166/96 Mangu Ram & Ors. Vs. State - 8 accused

12. Cr. Appeal No. 169/96 Bal Kishan Vs. State - 1 accused

13. Cr. Appeal No. 170/96 Kishan Lal & Ors. Vs. State – 3 accused

14. Cr. Appeal No. 171/96 Banwari Lal Vs. State - 1 accused

15. Cr. Appeal No. 173/96 Sheetal Prasad & Ors. Vs. State - 11 accused

16. Cr. Appeal No. 176/96 Ajudhia Prasad & Anr. Vs. State – 2 accused

17. Cr. Appeal No. 180/96 Sanju Vs. State - 1 accused

18. Cr. Appeal No.181/96 Palanival Vs. State - 1 accused

19. Cr. Appeal No. 182/96 Brahm Singh - 1 accused

20. Cr. Appeal No. 183/96 Ganesh Thakur & Anr. Vs. State - 2 accused

21. Cr. Appeal No. 189/96 Shiv Charan & Ors. Vs. State - 3 accused

22. Cr. Appeal No. 190/96 Sundarm Vati Vs. State - 1 accused

23. Cr. Appeal No. 191/96 Bihari Lal Vs. State - 1 accused

24. Cr. Appeal No. 196/96 S. Mohan Vs. State - 1 accused

25. Cr. Appeal No. 205/96 Shri Chand Vs. State - 1 accused

26. Cr. Appeal No. 221/96 Ram Singh Vs. State - 1 accused

27. Cr. Appeal No. 226/96 Shri Ram Singh Vs. State - 1 accused

28. Cr. Appeal No. 227/96 Tihari Lal Vs. State - 1 accused

29. Cr. Appeal No. 237/96 Ram Kishan Vs. State - 1 accused

30. Cr. Appeal No. 251/96 Shabnam @ Mukri Vs. State - 1 accused

31. Cr. Appeal No. 270/96 Ghanshyam Vs. State - 1 accused

32. Criminal revision against Jagdish Singh, Sajjan Singh and Ishwar Singh in the murder case of Gurbakshish Singh s/o. Sarwan Singh Bhatia

Criminal Appeals, Supreme Court of India

1. Pyare Lal and Parmanand

2. Cr. Appeal no. 291/97, Om Prakash, Ved Prakash @ Vedi and Karamat

3. Cr. Appeal no. 26/97 titled Kaushlya Devi @ Tilla Vs. State

Other Court Cases:

Jagdish Tytler | Sajjan Kumar | Kamal Nath | Amitabh Bachchan | Balram Khoker| Cases on 70 Policemen involved